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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Clara Haskil, piano
Schumann: Piano Concerto; Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 / Clara Haskil, piano

1 CD / Testament / 2012-06-12

Works: Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54; Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performers: Haskil, Clara
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

In 1951, Clara Haskil signed an exclusive contract with Philips, which led to a series of recordings that only rarely satisfied her and which, according...continue...
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Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971
Violinist Michael Rabin: The Unpublished Recordings, 1947 - 1971

3 CD / Testament / 2012-02-14

Works: Edouard Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21; Niccolò Paganini: Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Caprice for solo violin in E flat major (Sostenuto-Andante), Op. 1/17, MS 25/17; Camille Saint-...
Performers: Johannesen, Grant; Rabin, Jeanne; Rabin, Michael; Smith, Brooks
Conductors: Rozsnyai, Zoltán

Michael Rabin's musical voice may have been quiet the past forty years, but to violin aficionados his star still shines brightly. His discography is small,...continue...
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Mischa Elman: The BBC Radio Recitals, 1961 / Joseph Seiger
Mischa Elman: The BBC Radio Recitals, 1961 / Joseph Seiger

2 CD / Testament / 2012-02-14

Works: Spoken Word: Announcement; George Frederick Handel: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in D major, HWV 371/Op. 1 no 13; Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 5 in F major, Op. 24 "Sp...
Performers: Elman, Mischa; Seiger, Joseph

Violinist Mischa Elman rarely played for radio broadcasts, even in America, but he did so occasionally for the BBC. The two recitals on these compact...continue...
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Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 & 25 / Maurizio Pollini
Chopin: Etudes Op. 10 & 25 / Maurizio Pollini

1 CD / Testament / 2012-01-10

Works: Frédéric Chopin: Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10; Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
Performers: Pollini, Maurizio

This outstanding recording of the complete Chopin Études by Maurizio Pollini is being published for the first time by Testament.

It was made by EMI at...continue...
Recording information: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (09/05/1960-09/16/1960)....continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9; Berg: Violin Concerto; Schubert / Christian Ferras
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9; Berg: Violin Concerto; Schubert / Christian Ferras

2 CD / Testament / 2012-01-10

Works: Franz Schubert: Rosamunde; Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 9 in D minor, WAB 109
Performers: Ferras, Christian [Violin]
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

"Conducting is only a means to an end, never an end in itself. Making music is everything - and the less conducting draws attention to...continue...
Recording information: Neues Festspielhaus, Salzburg (08/17/1960)....continue...
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The Studio Recordings 1954-1960: Michael Rabin, violin
The Studio Recordings 1954-1960: Michael Rabin, violin

6 CD / Testament / 2011-12-13

Works: Niccolò Paganini: Concerto for Violin no 1 in D major, Op. 6; Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1; Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11; Alexander Glazunov: Concerto for Vi...
Performers: Pommers, Leon; Rabin, Michael
Conductors: Matacic, Lovro von; Galliera, Alceo; Boult, Adrian; Goossens, Eugene, Sir; Slatkin, Felix

The story of the amazing violinist Michael Rabin is complicated and ultimately tragic. When his career should have been reaching the height of his success,...continue...
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Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Barbirolli - Berlin PO
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 / Barbirolli - Berlin PO

1 CD / Testament / 2011-12-13

Works: Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 2 in D major, Op. 73
Conductors: Barbirolli, John
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic

Queen Elizabeth II laid the foundation stone of the new Coventry Cathedral in March 1956 and the formal dedication took place in May 1962. Benjamin...continue...
Recording information: Coventry Cathedral, England (06/06/1962)....continue...
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TES 1469
Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra; Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Berlin PO, 1977
Webern: Six Pieces for Orchestra; Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Giulini - Berlin PO, 1977

1 CD / Testament / 2011-10-11

Works: Anton Webern: Pieces (6) for orchestra, Op. 6; Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The great conductor Carlo Maria Giulini's answer to the question of what fascinated him about making music amounted to his Credo: "Music is a great...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/1977)....continue...
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TES 1464
Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 / Giulini - Berlin PO, live 1977
Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9 / Giulini - Berlin PO, live 1977

1 CD / Testament / 2011-10-11

Works: Franz Schubert: Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished"; Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

The great conductor Carlo Maria Giulini's answer to the question of what fascinated him about making music amounted to his Credo: "Music is a great...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (01/12/1977-01/13/1977)....continue...
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Violin Sonatas: Brahms, Schubert, Ferguson, Beethoven
Violin Sonatas: Brahms, Schubert, Ferguson, Beethoven

1 CD / Testament / 2011-02-08

Works: Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in A major, Op. 100; Franz Schubert: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in D major, D 384/Op 137 no 1; Howard Ferguson: Sonata for violin & piano, no 2, O...
Performers: Hess, Myra; Stern, Isaac [Violin]

Both in his memories and in conversation Isaac Stern named Myra Hess as one of the musicians who had influenced him the most. The Hess-Stern...continue...
Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh (08/28/1960)....continue...
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TES 1458
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Schumann: Piano Concerto
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Schumann: Piano Concerto

2 CD / Testament / 2011-02-08

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83; Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
Performers: Cliburn, Van
Conductors: Reiner, Fritz

The origins of these live 1960 performances lie inevitably in Van Cliburn’s legendary triumph in Moscow’s inaugural Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1958, a time...continue...
Recording information: Orchestra Hall, Chicago (04/08/1960/04/12/1960)....continue...
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Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2; Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2; Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

2 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Performers: Brandis, Thomas [Violin]
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (11/21/1981)....continue...
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Dvorák: Violin Concerto; Schubert: Symphony No. 9
Dvorák: Violin Concerto; Schubert: Symphony No. 9

2 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 53; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
Performers: Zazofsky, Peter
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (04/19/1983)....continue...
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvorák: Symphony No. 9; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2

2 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain; Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World"
Performers: Gutierrez, Horacio
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (03/13/1984)....continue...
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Bruckner: Symphony No. 4
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2; Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

2 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic"
Performers: Gelber, Bruno-Leonardo
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (12/14/1981)....continue...
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TES 1448
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23; Dvorák: Symphony No. 8
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23; Dvorák: Symphony No. 8

1 CD / Testament / 2010-10-12

Works: Hans Pfitzner: Das Käthchen von Heilbronn, Op. 17; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 8 in G major, Op. 88/B 163
Performers: Hierholzer, Babette
Conductors: Tennstedt, Klaus

The acclaimed German conductor Klaus Tennstedt is featured in this fascinating series of live recordings from the Philharmonie in Berlin. All are from the 1980s...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (10/07/1980)....continue...
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Wagner: Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal

4 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Parsifal
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf

First premiered in 1882, Wagner's last music-drama, Parsifal, was performed at Covent Garden for the first time in 1951. The opera still had a reputation,...continue...
Recording information: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, England (06/16/1959)....continue...
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Rossini: Stabat Mater
Rossini: Stabat Mater

2 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Giovanni Gabrieli: Sacrae symphoniae, Book 1; Francesco Geminiani: Concerto Grosso, for 2 violins, viola, cello, strings & continuo in G minor, Op. 3/2; Gioachino Rossini: Stabat mater
Performers: Hamari, Julia [Contralto Vocals]; Luchetti, Veriano; Raimondi, Ruggero; Stefan-Savova, Nadia
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

This Rossini Stabat Mater is offered at a special "2 for 1" price. A reviewer for Die Welt said of Giulini's performance, "Giulini's interpretation was...continue...
Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (09/13/1978)....continue...
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Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer
Schubert: Symphony No. 4; Debussy: La Mer

1 CD / Testament / 2010-04-13

Works: Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide; Franz Schubert: Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"; César Franck: Psyché; Claude Debussy: La mer
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

Recording information: Philharmonie, Berlin (02/1969)....continue...
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TES 1438
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

2 CD / Testament / 2010-02-09

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

For many Bruckner fans, Carlo Maria Giulini's haunting interpretations with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra still linger in the memory. This live performance of the eighth...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Dvorák: Symphony No. 7; Etc.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Dvorák: Symphony No. 7; Etc.

2 CD / Testament / 2010-02-09

Works: Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35; Antonin Dvorák: Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141
Performers: Chung, Kyung-Wha [Violin]
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

This live concert recording dates from 1973. Carlo Maria Giulini led the Berlin Philharmonic in performances of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Korean violinist Kyung-Wha...continue...
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

1 CD / Testament / 2010-01-12

Works: Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
Conductors: Giulini, Carlo Maria

This performance of Bruckner's seventh symphony was recorded live for radio broadcast at the Philharmonie in Berlin in 1985. Carlo Maria Giulini leads the Berlin...continue...
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Recital: Royal Festival Hall London 1959
Recital: Royal Festival Hall London 1959

2 CD / Testament / 2010-01-12

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; John Stafford Smith: The Star-spangled Banner; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano no 10 in C major, K 330 (300h); Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 3 in...
Performers: Cliburn, Van

After 23-year-old Van Cliburn of Texas won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, taking with him both the hearts of the Russian people and his jury...continue...
Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, London (06/07/1959)....continue...
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Wagner: Die Walküre (1955), etc / Martha Mödl, Astrid Varnay, et al
Wagner: Die Walküre (1955), etc / Martha Mödl, Astrid Varnay, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2009-10-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Die Walküre; Tannhäuser
Performers: Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich [Baritone Vocal]; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Lammers, Gerda; Mödl, Martha; Milinkovic, Georgine vo...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph

The release of Joseph Keilberth’s legendary stereo recordings of the first cycle of the 1955 Ring at Bayreuth brought Testament worldwide acclaim. Partly for recording...continue...
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TES 1432
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens

4 CD / Testament / 2009-08-11

Works: Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a; Spoken Word: Jon Vickers in conversation with Jon Tolansky
Performers: Allman, Robert; Carlyle, Joan; Davies, Rhoderick; Elms, Lauris; Evans, Edgar; Kelly, David C. [Opera]; Langdon, Michael; Lewis, Ronald; Robinson, Forbes; Rouleau, Joseph; Shuard, Amy; Thebom, Blanche...
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

From our privileged position, half a century on, there may be a temptation to feel superior and to undervalue the 1957 Covent Garden Trojans and...continue...

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Schumann, Franck, Szymanowski, Ravel: Works for Violin and Piano / Oistrakh, Yampolsky
Schumann, Franck, Szymanowski, Ravel: Works for Violin and Piano / Oistrakh, Yampolsky

1 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Robert Schumann: Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 131; César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8; Karol Szymanowski: Myths (3), Op. 30; Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
Performers: Oistrakh, David [Conductor]; Yampolsky, Vladimir [Piano]

This Enescu Festival program is a very interesting one. Its repertoire ranges from Fritz Kreisler's transcription of the Schumann violin concerto to Franck's immortal violin...continue...
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, Mödl, Windgassen, Greindl, Hotter, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, Mödl, Windgassen, Greindl, Hotter, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2009-02-10

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Modl, Martha; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Schar...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Testament's highly acclaimed release of the legendary 1955 stereo recordings of the Ring made by Decca at Bayreuth featured the first of two cycles of...continue...

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TES 1433
Brahms: Symphony no 1;  Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 / Karajan, Berlin PO
Brahms: Symphony no 1; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 / Karajan, Berlin PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-01-13

Works: Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

This Testament CD dates from October 1988. Forty years had passed since Karajan had first conducted in London in April 1948. During those years, audiences...continue...
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1;  Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky / Cliburn, Kondrashin, Moscow PO
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1; Rachmaninov, Kabalevsky / Cliburn, Kondrashin, Moscow PO

1 CD / Testament / 2009-01-13

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23; Sergey Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 30; Dmitry Kabalevsky: Rondo for pian...
Performers: Cliburn, Van
Conductors: Kondrashin, Kirill
Ensemble: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

1958 was a red-letter year not only in music competition history but in the entire history of performance. In that year the USSR established the...continue...
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Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, etc / Eileen Farrell, Set Svanholm, et al
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, etc / Eileen Farrell, Set Svanholm, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; Siegfried
Performers: Farrell, Eileen [Soprano Vocals]; Svanholm, Set [Tenor Vocals]
Conductors: Stokowski, Leopold; Leinsdorf, Erich
Ensemble: Leopold Stokowski Orchestra; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese
Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos, Puccini, Leoncavallo, etc / Licia Albanese

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Giacomo Puccini: Tosca; Gianni Schicchi, opera; Alfredo Catalani: La Wally; Francesco Cilèa: Adriana Lecouvreur; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, opera; Giuseppe Verdi: Otello; Wolfgang Amadeus M...
Performers: Albanese, Licia; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]
Conductors: Weissmann, Frieder; Marzollo, Dick; Morel, Jean P.; Trucco, Victor; Stokowski, Leopold
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TES 1414
Bruckner: Symphony no 7;  Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide Overture / Walter, New York Philharmonic
Bruckner: Symphony no 7; Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide Overture / Walter, New York Philharmonic

1 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Aulide; Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
Conductors: Walter, Bruno
Ensemble: New York Philharmonic

"For those who know only the commercial recordings of Bruckner by Bruno Walter (1876-1962), especially the inscriptions made in Los Angeles after his heart attack...continue...
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A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al
A Portrait of Manon - Great Love Duets / Anna Moffo, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Jules Massenet: Manon; Giacomo Puccini: Manon Lescaut; Madama Butterfly; La bohème; Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata; Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Performers: Bergonzi, Carlo; di Stasio, Anna; Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Elias, Rosalind [Mezzo-Soprano]; Kerns, Robert [Baritone Vocals]; Labò, Flaviano; Merrill, Robert [Baritone Vocal]; Moffo...
Conductors: Leibowitz, René; Previtali, Fernando; Leinsdorf, Erich; Prêtre, Georges
Ensemble: ; Rome Opera House Orchestra
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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Klemperer, Silja, King, Adam, Talvela, et al
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer / Klemperer, Silja, King, Adam, Talvela, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-10-14

Works: Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Performers: Adam, Theo; Burmeister, Annelies; King, James [Vocals]; MacDonald, Kenneth; Silja, Anja; Talvela, Martti
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: BBC Chorus

The great conductor Otto Klemperer was known for his 'deliberate' tempos. The Observer's review of the live performance heard here said, "From the opening bars...continue...
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TES 1423
Jussi Björling in Song
Jussi Björling in Song

1 CD / Testament / 2008-09-09

Works: Henry Geehl: For you alone; Ruggero Leoncavallo: Mattinata; Ernesto de Curtis: Torna a Surriento; Emil Sjögren: I drömmen di är mig nära; August Körling: Vita rosor; Gerald A...
Performers: Björling, Jussi [Tenor Vocal]; Schauwecker, Frederick
Conductors: Grevillius, Nils
Ensemble: Orchestra

Historic Masters Ltd., a company formed to continue historic reissues of vocal recordings initiated by the British Institute of Recorded Sound, contributed to this release...continue...
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TES 1427
Otto Klemperer conducts the Last Concert - Beethoven, Brahms / Adni, New Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer conducts the Last Concert - Beethoven, Brahms / Adni, New Philharmonia Orchestra

2 CD / Testament / 2008-09-09

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause & Announcements; Applause; Ludwig van Beethoven: King Stephan, Op. 117; Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58; Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90
Conductors: Klemperer, Otto
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra

Widely regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Otto Klemperer met Gustav Mahler in 1905 while conducting the off-stage brass at...continue...
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TES 1425
Bellini: La sonnambula / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Monti, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al
Bellini: La sonnambula / Votto, Callas, Cossotto, Monti, Zaccaria, Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2008-08-12

Works: Vincenzo Bellini: La sonnambula, opera
Performers: Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Mantovani, Dino; Martelli, Edith; Monti, Nicola; Ricciardi, Franco; Zaccaria, Nicola [Bass Vocal]
Conductors: Votto, Antonino
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

As Rene Seghers notes in his essay, at her 1955 debut in the role of Amina, Maria Callas "dominated the ensembles and, at certain moments,...continue...
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TES 1417
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Kempe, Hotter, Nilsson, Windgassen, Vinay, et al
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Kempe, Hotter, Nilsson, Windgassen, Vinay, et al

13 CD / Testament / 2008-08-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold; Die Walküre; Siegfried; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Allman, Robert; Bohme, Kurt [Bass Vocal]; Coates, Edith; Dalberg, Frederick; Evans, Edgar; Fisher, Sylvia; Grant, June; Hale, Una; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Howitt, Barbara; Ilosvay, Maria von;...
Conductors: Kempe, Rudolf
Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra

Richard Wagner's complete 'Ring' cycle led by Rudolf Kempe, recorded live at the Royal Opera House in 1957 is now available from Testament in new...continue...
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TES 1426
Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc
Cesare Valletti sings Mozart, Scarlatti, Schubert, Berlioz, etc

2 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Giuseppe Sarti: Giulio Sabino; Alessandro Stradella: Le gare dell'amor eroico; Alessandro Scarlatti: Work(s); Il Pirro e Demetrio; Il Sedecia, re di Gerusalemme; Il Flavio; George Frederick Handel: M...
Performers: Taubman, Leo; Valletti, Cesare [Tenor Vocals]

The leading operatic 'tenore di grazia' of the 1950s and '60s, Cesare Valletti (1922-2000) was also an incomparable interpreter of songs. A few years after...continue...
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TES 1413
Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny
Mendelssohn, Chopin, Strauss: Cello Sonatas / Piatigorsky, Pennario, Firkunsny

1 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata for cello & piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58; Frédéric Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65; Richard Strauss: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F m...
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf; Pennario, Leonard [Piano]; Piatigorsky, Gregor

Recorded between 1966 and 1968, Gregor Piatigorsky (1903-1976) delivers firmly shaped readings of three cello sonatas, vividly transferred from original RCA Victor masters. Felix Mendelssohn...continue...
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TES 1419
Dvorák, Martinu, Beethoven / Kubelík, Firkusny, Philharmonia Orchestra
Dvorák, Martinu, Beethoven / Kubelík, Firkusny, Philharmonia Orchestra

1 CD / Testament / 2008-06-10

Works: Antonin Dvorák: Symphonic Variations for Orchestra, Op. 78/B 70; Bohuslav Martinu: Concerto for Piano no 4 ("Incantation"), H. 358; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Performers: Firkusny, Rudolf
Conductors: Kubelik, Rafael
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

In August 1957, the Philharmonia Orchestra made a triumphant appearance at the Eleventh Edinburgh Festival, where this fascinating Rafael Kubelik concert was recorded. Captured here...continue...
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TES 1421
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Keilberth, et al

14 CD / Testament / 2008-02-12

Works: Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Performers: Blankenheim, Toni; Bolotine, Mina; Brouwenstijn, Gre; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Hollweg, Ilse; Hotter, Hans [Baritone vocals]; Ilosvay, Maria von; Kuen, Paul; Lammers, Gerda; Lusti...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra

Testament is proud to present the first-ever stereo recording of the 'Ring' cycle featuring definitive performances by Wolfgang Windgassen as Siegfried, Hans Hotter as Wotan,...continue...
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TES 1412
Verdi: I vespri siciliani (highlights) / Kleiber, Callas
Verdi: I vespri siciliani (highlights) / Kleiber, Callas

2 CD / Testament / 2008-01-08

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: I vespri siciliani
Performers: Bardi, Giorgio Kokolios; Callas, Maria [Soprano Vocals]; Carmassi, Bruno; Christoff, Boris; Frosini, Mario; Mascherini, Enzo; Masini, Mafalda; Paoli, Aldo de; Pettini, Lido; Ristori, Brenno; Sarri, G...
Conductors: Kleiber, Erich
Ensemble: Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra

Testament scores a major coup with this seminal recording by Maria Callas in its first-ever release made from newly-discovered masters. The high-quality tapes which were...continue...
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TES 1416
Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, Stella, Gobbi, La Scala, et al
Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, Stella, Gobbi, La Scala, et al

2 CD / Testament / 2007-07-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: La traviata
Performers: Di Stefano, Giuseppe [Tenor vocals]; Dickie, William; Forti, Carlo; Galassi, Elvira; Gobbi, Tito; Maionica, Silvio [Bass vocals]; Mandelli, Luisa; Stella, Antonietta [Soprano Vocals]; Zaccaria, Nicol...
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra

Testament's La Traviata presents the first CD release of EMI's original 1956 recording. Walter Legge would have preferred Maria Callas for Violetta, but she was...continue...
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TES 2211
Verdi: Messa di Requiem / Tullio Serafin
Verdi: Messa di Requiem / Tullio Serafin

2 CD / Testament / 2007-07-10

Works: Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass; I vespri siciliani; Giovanna d'Arco; Nabucco; I lombardi; Ernani; Il Trovatore; Otello
Performers: Christoff, Boris; Cossotto, Fiorenza; Fernandi, Eugenio; Modesti, Giuseppe
Conductors: Serafin, Tullio
Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus; Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; Rome Opera House Orchestra

"hearing this 1959 set after many years, it stands up beautifully and can be highly recommended. The hushed opening mesmerizes and the "Dies irae" and...continue...
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Strauss: Four Last Songs;  Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad
Strauss: Four Last Songs; Wagner / Furtwängler, Flagstad

1 CD / Testament / 2007-06-12

Works: Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs, AV 150; Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde; Götterdämmerung
Performers: Flagstad, Kirsten [Soprano Vocals]
Conductors: Furtwängler, Wilhelm

"As Michael Tanner opines in an interesting booklet-note, these two formidable artists had several collaborations in these Wagnerian excerpts, but caught live in very reasonable...continue...
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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto;  Brahms / Karajan, Walton, et al
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Brahms / Karajan, Walton, et al

1 CD / Testament / 2007-06-12

Works: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622; Spoken Word: A Tribute to Bernard Walton (Speech); Johannes Brahms: Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
Performers: Bean, Hugh; Croxford, Eileen; Mason, Frances; Walton, Bernard; Wellington, Christopher
Conductors: Karajan, Herbert v.
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Walton's technical gifts were nothing short of amazing, not least his ability to control absolutely the power, reach and duration of a given note at...continue...
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TES 1381
Brahms: The Four Symphonies, etc / Toscanini, Philharmonia
Brahms: The Four Symphonies, etc / Toscanini, Philharmonia

3 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Recorded Sound: Applause; Anonymous: God Save the Queen (National Anthem, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland); Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Symphony no 1 in C minor, Op. 68; Symphony no...
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra

Available again after a long absence from the catalogue, these brilliant examples of the art of Arturo Toscanini are available again once more. These recordings...continue...
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Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO
Meyerbeer, Goldmark, Bizet, et al / Toscanini, NBC SO

2 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Giacomo Meyerbeer: Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah"; Karl Goldmark: Rustic Wedding, symphonic poem in E flat major, Op. 26; Georges Bizet: La Jolie Fille de Perth, orchestral suite; Jules Massene...
Performers: Cooley, Carlton; koff, Mischa
Conductors: Toscanini, Arturo
Ensemble: NBC Symphony Orchestra

"Mono sound, surprisingly clear and luminous, is what we have on an unmissable two-CD Testament set of live NBC recordings conducted by Toscanini... these are...continue...
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Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al
Wagner: Götterdämmerung / Keilberth, et al

4 CD / Testament / 2007-02-13

Works: Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Performers: Bolotine, Mina; Brouwenstijn, Gré; Graf, Maria [Mezzo-soprano]; Greindl, Josef; Ilosvay, Maria von; Milinkovic, Georgine von; Neidlinger, Gustav [Baritone Vocals]; Schartel, Elisabeth; Uhde, H...
Conductors: Keilberth, Joseph
Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Chorus

"So the great project reaches its glorious close, as magnificently conducted, played, and sung as the rest of this revelatory Ring. One wonders anew at...continue...
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